CRU, Campus Crusade for Christ, is an interdenominational evangelical Christian organization founded in 1951. Since then, it has expanded through out the whole world.
The group holds many different local conferences and national conferences throughout the year designed for college age Christians desiring to learn more about the bible. CRU has one ultimate goal: to share the story of the Bible and Jesus Christ internationally to men, women, and children of all ages.
WCU’s chapter of CRU held their annual Fall Fest in the Academic Quad from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 4. Fall Fest is designed specifically for college students to come and get a chance to meet Christians of campus.
Every fall semester, CRU holds this event hoping to draw students out who wouldn’t normally attend a CRU meeting.
The ministry provides the campus with food and fun for the five hours they are set up in the Quad. This semester there were stations set up with chili and deserts, pumpkin painting, and different games like Kan Jam and Spike Ball.
The main draw, though, was a circle of couches set up off to the side of the food and games. These couches had bowls on them with different questions designed to act as icebreakers. The hope was to set up and provide a comfortable atmosphere to sit down and talk with leaders from the ministry who were eager to answer any questions other students might have about CRU as a ministry or Christianity in general.
The event drew out a good number of students who came out for many different reasons. While a lot of them were drawn in for the food and fun, many stayed and heard what the ministry members had to say about their views on the Bible and all that it teaches.
Though not all of the visiting students agreed with the views shared, many were willing to listen and participate in a civil conversation.
CRU is held on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. in Main Hall room 168. The ministry also holds community groups intermittently through out the week separated by school year (freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior).
Everyone in the ministry eagerly invites all students out to their meetings. It is a welcoming atmosphere where anyone can seriously and comfortably hear more about the Bible and ask any questions the like with out fear of judgment. We are certain that this will be a positive experience for all.
Mike Roman is a third-year student majoring in music education. He can be reached at MR793862@wcupa.edu.